Keeping children safe from unwanted subject matter is important to most parents. This can be increasingly challenging to do, as ratings do not always reflect the true nature of entertainment. Beyond that, Christians are instructed to guard their hearts and minds.
Plugged In Online, a ministry that was founded almost 15 years ago, consistently offers reviews of popular media. This means that instead of relying on ratings alone, you can go in depth concerning many different aspects of popular entertainment.
Several different types of media are reviewed, such as:
Movies, both new releases and videos, are reviewed by staff members of Plugged In, and readers have the movie broken down into several elements- exploring each one from a Christian viewpoint. These elements include Positive Elements, Spiritual Content, Sexual Content, Violent Content, Crude or Profane Language, Drug and Alcohol Content, Other Negative Elements, and Conclusion.
Also, the ministry offers many downloadable Movie Night plans. These movies are selected for entertainment purposes and as a means for the family to grow together via the discussion and activity provided. An example of a movie night printable sheet can be seen here.
And, the site’s Family Room lets readers connect with one another and read articles relating to discerning popular media.
Music– Plugged In also reviews popular music, including secular. The reviews give background information on the artist, as well as information about the album being reviewed. Some elements of music being reviewed are Pro- Social Content, Objectionable Content, and Summary Advisory.
T.V. Programs are also reviewed, providing the reader background information about the series, as well as individual reviews of episodes.
Finally, Game Reviews are available on the Plugged In website. Parents concerned about what their children are playing- as well as adult gamers investigating a particular game, can delve deep into the story line of many games and get an accurate picture of the game’s content.
Ways to get connected with Plugged In
These reviews are resources can be accessed via the ministry’s website.
Alternately, you can access content by way of podcast.
Plugged In also has a blog and a newsletter for their reader’s convenience.
How to help
Pray: Pray for the ministry to be God honoring and to adhere to His principles. Pray that the Word and love of God will be promoted by this ministry, and that Christians will be reminded to seek out God honoring entertainment, and to be reminded that they are to serve and love God foremost- certainly putting that before being entertained.
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